The star-studded line-up of big-name chefs who will form the jury for the 2020 edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef has been announced with some of the world's most creative culinary leaders on board to judge one of the most exciting cooking events in the culinary calendar.
Seven Sages from around the world, Mauro Colagreco, Andreas Caminada, Clare Smyth, Pim Techamuanvivit, Enrico Bartolini, Manu Buffara and Gavin Kaysen, will arrive in Milan on May 2021. They will form the jury panel, known as The Seven Sages, that will taste, question and challenge the 12 finalists and their dishes before eventually crowning the best young chef in the world as S.Pellegrino Young Chef winner for 2020.
12 young chefs will compete in the finals. They were shortlisted from thousands of applicants who attended a series of intense regional heats held around the world. This year, the competition recognised more young chefs — and placed greater emphasis on mentorship, gender balance and inclusivity — than ever before.
Come May 2020, the 12 young chef finalists will fly into Milan from around the world with their mentors by their sides. They will then go head-to-head in the kitchen as they create their winning signature dishes in competition conditions, in front of a global audience and, of course, The Seven Sages.
As the final countdown to the Grand Finale begins, the 12 finalists are hard at work around the world, collaborating with their chef mentors, perfecting signature dishes and honing their presentation skills, ready to wow The Seven Sages.